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9/21/08 2:36 P

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I'm glad to hear you did get some moments. I catch my mind wandering off too. I am hoping that with these challenges we can all slow down a bit and enjoy life, even if it's just for a few moments here and there. emoticon

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9/14/08 6:10 P

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I didn't know about this challenge until today, but I can report that I had a few of those moments last weekend. During our backpack trip I kept finding my mind wandering ahead to work, and what would I say to this person, or in that situation, and I realized I was not enjoying the beautiful surroundings I was in. So I kept trying to pull myself back to the present, and enjoy the moments as they occured, instead of rehashing the past, or looking ahead into the future...

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9/12/08 12:17 P

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Last sunday, the 7th was my grand-daughter's 9th birthday and i went to the party and sat and just watched the kids playing. it was fun to just sit and watch their antics. I did take my dogs for a walk in the park that morning for 3 miles. that is also fun, a different kind of relaxing but one I really enjoy. kim

It's not what you do once in a while; it's what you do day in and day out that makes the difference. Jenny Craig


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9/9/08 9:10 P

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I didn't do what I had planned on doing, but after my strength training on Sat, I spent extra time on gentle stretching and deep breathing and just not thinking. Feels good to just not do anything! :)










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9/9/08 9:48 A

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Well, I didn't get out until yesterday...we were busy over the weekend. But I went exploring yestereday, still looking for that perfect near home trail and found it. There's a small conservation tract of land about 15 minutes from my house and just down river from a big dam project. In this small tract I spent an hour doing the 2 different loops it offers...1 up over some rocky ledges to the summit of a small knoll and the other down along the river's edge. I spent some nice time just sitting at the water's edge watching it flow by and enjoying the woodland setting. It was great and will definitely be a place I return to often.

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9/8/08 3:16 P

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I spent time swinging on a swing at a park that is on the grounds of a local airport. So I got to watch the planes land & take off and swing at the same time. It was great.

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9/8/08 12:07 P

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I took a Sunday afternoon nap....tried to watch television, but was just too tired.

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9/8/08 9:12 A

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I did some shopping for myself (needed to go down a pants size) and read a little.

Never have I been a blue calm sea. I have always been a storm. -- Stevie Nicks


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9/7/08 11:18 P

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Today I spent lunch on a vista overlooking North-Eastern NJ & NYC. It was a warm, crystal clear day with a nice breeze. I very much enjoyed life in that moment :-)

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9/7/08 11:09 A

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Hello all, I don't know if it was CalGal or Rondarc but someone wrote to me asking more about meditation.... I meant to reply but was busy with a garage sale yesterday and now I can't find the question. I am certainly no guru but have been practicing at meditation for close to seven years as a path to living more spiritually and emotionally balanced. Meditation is NOT about just sitting and relaxing (although there is some of that to be gained) but about witnessing how one's mind/ego wants to constantly move one in some direction or other and tell you how "you don't have time for this or that", or "you can't do this" or "its stupid "amongst other things... once you begin to witness these mind messages you can begin to see how they are constantly working throughout the day to keep you from being in the present moment and enjoying life. It is amazing to me how "unconscious" I can be throughout any given moment, just responding to stimulus like a robot -- and this kind of watching/witnessing can be especially useful in getting my weight issues under control and recognizing when I eat unconsciously or as an emotional response, etc. Does any of this answer the question?
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9/6/08 10:31 P

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I've already had a wonderful "me" day today...although it wasn't just ME! My family and I had to go to Montrose for a soccer game and decided to go to Black Canyon of the Gunnison park. It was AWESOME!!! We saw so much! And wished we had decided to camp there, so we could experience more, since we "ran out of time". It was soooo awesome. I just can't say enough about it. We had no clue as to what it was. And we were NOT disappointed. I didn't get in meditation, but I did have an awesome day doing what "I" love (my family tends to be drug along on these trips! lol). The great thing too is THEY loved it as much as me. :0) So that's what I did this weekend for the "challenge". Sorry if it wasn't spot on with "quiet" time....but it was still a "me" thing.

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ABSINTHE.GREEN's Photo ABSINTHE.GREEN Posts: 67
9/6/08 10:17 P

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Late on this, but I am in :-)

C Ya,
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9/6/08 12:06 P

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Thanks rondarc for the challenge, I'm in. This is an ongoing weekly personal challenge for me. I tend to be so go-go-go ... that I forget the importance of just being.



“Life is not a journey to the grave with intentions of arriving safely in a pretty well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming ... WOW! What a ride!”
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9/5/08 4:06 P

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Hi! I have to chuckle a little at some of the challenges (like this one) because they are already a part of my daily "take care of myself" routine. Meditation (both sitting and mindfulness practice) are a regular part of my day and have taught me so much about "allowing and accepting" and how to quiet the "monkey-mind" and focus on what is really going on with me at any given moment. I will gladly participate in this "challenge" but really want to encourage everyone to make "quiet time" the gift it can be to themselves for coming to love and appreciate oneself in a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere or love and compassion.
Tahoegal95

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9/5/08 3:47 P

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Great idea and perfect timing. I could use some quiet me time.

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9/5/08 3:47 P

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I think I need to join in on this one. I could use some down time to just relax. Thanks!

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9/5/08 3:14 P

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I'll try taking on this challenge. My weekend is pretty busy, but that's why I NEED it!

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9/5/08 2:37 P

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I'm going to try to find time for myself this weekend. It may just be a few minutes but I think it's a great thought. I seem to NEVER want to do just "nothing" and I know it's so restorative.

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9/5/08 2:35 P

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I really need this challenge. Last weekend was camping. Tuesday and Thursday I had training after work, and Wednesday I had a meeting after work. I definitely need some quiet me time!

Never have I been a blue calm sea. I have always been a storm. -- Stevie Nicks


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9/5/08 2:24 P

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emoticon I'm taking the challenge!

~~ Ronda~~

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.

Border Collie Lovers - Team Leader
Lets Go Hiking - Team Leader
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Our Herding Dogs - Team Leader

I'm celebrating my SEVENTH anniversary with SparkPeople in the June 3-9, 2007 class.



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RONDARC's Photo RONDARC SparkPoints: (142,645)
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9/5/08 2:18 P

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CALGALFOX gave me a great idea for a weekend challenge.

The challenge is to spend some quiet me time and "simply sit and enjoy life" either on Sat or Sun where ever you want it to be. It can be from a few minutes to however long you want it to be.

So, if your up to the challenge, post it then come back on Monday and let us all know how your time was and where you had it at.

~~ Ronda~~

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.

Border Collie Lovers - Team Leader
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I'm celebrating my SEVENTH anniversary with SparkPeople in the June 3-9, 2007 class.



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